The Short Inca Trail is a condensed version

The Short Inca Trail is a condensed version of the classic Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu in Peru. It typically spans two days and covers a shorter distance compared to the traditional 4-day Inca Trail trek. This option is ideal for travelers with limited time or those who prefer a less strenuous trekking experience. Here’s an overview of the short Inca Trail:

Day 1: Cusco – KM 104 – Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu

  1. Early morning departure from Cusco to Ollantaytambo.
  2. Take the train to KM 104, the starting point of the trek.
  3. Begin the hike, passing by the ruins of Chachabamba short inca trail  and crossing the Urubamba River.
  4. Visit the archaeological site of Wiñay Wayna, known for its impressive terraces and views.
  5. Continue hiking to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku), which offers the first panoramic view of Machu Picchu.
  6. Descend to Machu Picchu and explore the ruins.
  7. Overnight stay in the town of Aguas Calientes.

Day 2: Machu Picchu – Cusco

  1. Early morning hike or bus ride to Machu Picchu to witness sunrise.
  2. Guided tour of Machu Picchu, learning about its history, architecture, and significance.
  3. Free time to explore the site on your own.
  4. Return to Aguas Calientes by bus or on foot.
  5. Afternoon train ride back to Ollantaytambo.
  6. Transfer to Cusco.

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